Literacy Teacher Trainer

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

Two Peace Corps Response Volunteers are needed to serve as Literacy Teacher Trainers for the Ministry of Education in Liberia. The Ministry of Education estimates that 42% of primary school-aged children are not in school, more than 20% of young people ages 15-24 are illiterate, and that 73% of students drop out between primary and junior high school. Due to these statistics, Peace Corps Liberia is exploring how Volunteers could teach literacy in early grades. Over the last year and a half, PC/Liberia has been piloting early primary grades co-teaching by teaching phonics to students and conducting teacher trainings on phonics. This Response assignment will continue the testing of this pilot until the results of the impact on literacy is measurable. PC/Liberia has a significant amount of synergy right now in literacy and would like to see it continue to grow.

The Literacy Teacher Trainers, with Bachelor’s degrees in early education and at least two years’ experience in teaching at an elementary school, will each be placed at government schools that have both elementary and middle schools. The Response Volunteers will be asked to do a combination of duties, including co-teaching lower grades phonics and literacy, and leading teacher trainings and afterschool literacy activities. In addition, the Literacy Teacher Trainers will co-develop and co-implement a participatory inventory and analysis of Liberia’s literacy programs for primary and middle grades. The goal of this assignment is for the Response Volunteers to report on the successes and challenges of their literacy assignment in order to help Peace Corps Liberia study the efficacy of this literacy movement.

Please note that candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Liberia together as a group, so the departure date is not flexible. It is unlikely that the departure date will change but applicants will be notified if the date does change. Please only apply if you are available on the date listed and if you can serve for the entire duration of the project.

Partner Information

Ministry of Education

Required Skills

• BS/BA in early grades Education or served as an early grades teacher as a Peace Corps Volunteer
• 2-5 years’ experience teaching elementary school
• Experience in teaching ESOL and/or Literacy
• Ability to adapt to and work in a very low-resource environment, including very limited transportation, internet access, and other amenities

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in Liberia

  • Liberia may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood; cardiology; dermatology; gastroenterology; some types of gynecologic support; insulin-dependent diabetes; mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; ophthalmology; seizure disorder; urology; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall, Vyvanse. 
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified. 
  • After arrival in Liberia, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.


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